Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Five Star File Format Signature Development

Five Star File Format Signature Development. Ross Spencer. Open Preservation Foundation blog. 14 Jun 2016 .
     Discussion about formats and the importance of developing identification techniques for text formats. DROID is a useful tool but it has its limitations. For those wanting to be involved in defining formats, there are five principles of file format signature development:
  1. Tell the community about your identification gaps
  2. Share sample files
  3. Develop basic signatures
  4. Where feasible, engage openly with the community
  5. Seek supporting evidence
Developing file format signatures is really reverse engineering.

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